Sunday, December 20, 2009
THANK YOU TO RUTH AND IKE
In the afternoon, as the men sat in the living room and half visited and half snoozed, us gals sat around the dining room table and went through a big stack of old....I mean old as in antique.....greeting cards. Many had been sent to our great grandmother, Martha, from her sisters, Mina, Belva, Hulda, Emma, and Anna, always referred to collectively as "the great aunts." Some were sent between the sisters and a couple were from our grandfather to his mom, our great grandmother, or from her to our grandfather. The postage was a penny on these cards. and often the address was only to Mrs. xxxxxxx, town, state, nothing more. Many were written in Norwegian! Most of the dates range from 1911-1924, but several are from 1908! That is over a hundred years old! The colors of the cards are sharp and the cards are in good shape. Only the pencil writing on the back is a bit hard to read!
We displayed all the cards on the table and then each of us five kids took turns choosing our favorites. What treasures! What a connection I feel to great, great aunts, who were sending Christmas greetings to our great grandmother, at the same time a hundred years later that I am attempting to send cards to friends and family!
Many thanks Ruth and Ike! It was a very nice party where I hope we were making memories that will last as long as those greetings cards!